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Charcoal portrait tutorial by AnndreaLeeann Charcoal portrait tutorial by AnndreaLeeann
I hope this tutorial helps you with charcoal in some way :]...:/....o.O

The brushes I use are Loew-Cornell 1812 in size 9 and 3 but any brush that's soft should work fine. I use a rounded brush as apposed to square because it's easier to blend and square leaves little lines. The charcoal pencils *the woodless ones Ive found work better* are Art Alternatives brand but General's brand are studdly as well :]

For paper I recommend Strathmore Drawing. It's not too pricey and seems to work really well.

The subject used in this tutorial is Bert McCracken from The Used and

The drawing used to make this tutorial:



Works done with these techniques:



(If you drew a charcoal portrait and used this tutorial, please send me a link and I will add it here! Or if you don't want it to be added, I'd love to see and fave.)
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turnTHEdice Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Great tutorial, thank you so much!
I liked the idea of using Charcoal and sandpaper and a brush, so clever and it looks useful for some areas ...can't wait to try this tip!
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad it helped! :D
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BellaFillyLove Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Ahh.... Tutoriall.. Description.. Gallery xD Everywhere! XD
Gerard, Frank..!! XD
I lurv you! xD
Amazing tutorial by the way.. :3
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha I appreciate you looking at it!!
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RenSingsToo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Thanks for the tut! I found it encouraging. I am a beginner, and those little things that an artist  reflexively uses, and that are not typically taught in a class, are often the ones a beginner needs to hear the most. Your tutorial seems to be nicely detailed. 
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :) i hope it helped! I appreciate your interest :)
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Simona6 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
beautifull :)
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
<3
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Novvaik Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHHH! I :heart: you!
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:iconanndrealeeann:
AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No, i love YOU :D
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juju60983cameo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Bert from The Used?
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:iconanndrealeeann:
AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed.
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juju60983cameo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
mckraken.....spelled right?
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I believe it's mcccracken :]
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Alumx Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, for me as complete newbie with charcoal, this tutorial gave me some confidence and basic guide :3
thanks for making it :)
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are so welcome!!! Good luck!
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RoseRoselli Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Best tutorial yet ! Thanks for sharing !
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:iconanndrealeeann:
AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Why thank ya!!!!!
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unlockeverydoor Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this! I'll defenatly incorporate some of these tips into my drawings! this is just so awesome!
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful!! Hope it helps!!!
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unlockeverydoor Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It has so much already!!! Thanks!!
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KittyDrugs Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
wow thank you, it's awesome
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:iconanndrealeeann:
AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
welcome!!
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ninjakat2000 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
wow this tutorial reaalllyy helped me thanks :P
i just started using charcoal so it just seems so complicated xD
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad it helped! Yeah, it's pretty intimidating at first, but just don't give up!
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devy-shum Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
I'll use this a my reference too .. =D
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candyland12 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thanks so much for this! Do you know what brand brushes you use? I'm not really sure what to buy....
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Since making this tutorial I find myself using any brand actually lol! the softer, rounded tip ones work best, like makeup brushes, but shaped like paint brushes if that makes sense. Loew-Cornell is what I'm currently using.
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candyland12 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Okay! Thanks!
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:iconillogan:
illogan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
SOO useful! Thank you!! :DBest charcoal advice I've ever had!! (and I wentto art university for 3 years!!)
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh you are welcome! I'm glad it helped!!
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LyraClarke Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. Best. Charcoal. Tutorial. Ever. (0_0)
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yay I'm glad you think so!! I had made it just to show a few people, I had NO idea it would be so popular or helpful!
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Eyedowno Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Student General Artist
THIS IS THE BEST CHARCOAL TUTORIAL I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!! I love the idea of using a paint brush! :) It helped me draw this: [link]
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thankyou!
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Eyedowno Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome :)
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jasperoura Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is perfect, thank you!! ;__; <333
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:iconanndrealeeann:
AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad it can help!
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011   General Artist
wow, very helpful. charcoal is a damn difficult medium, I didn't even know it's possible to get such effects :)
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:iconanndrealeeann:
AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well thankyou!!! I'm glad I could change your mind about charcoal a tad ;]
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abefire Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Oh, wow. This is going to be useful.
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:iconanndrealeeann:
AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I sure hope so!!
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Dr-Fig Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   General Artist
Okay, Whoops. Sorry about the Abefire comment. I was on my dads account. But yeah. This will be useful. ^.^
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Jovigirl666 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Thanks for this, can't wait to try it.
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Noo problem :] I'm just glad people actually read it!
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SarahSSaurus Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautifully done tutorial
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much!
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Luexo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you :)!
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading it!
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killingursoulXx Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Bert is a cutie :nod: :D nice tutorial :)
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